On This Day in Sport for May 29

Events in Sport

  • 1897 31st Belmont: J Scherrer aboard Scottish Cheiftain wins in 2:23.25
  • 1900 25th Preakness: H Spencer aboard Hindus wins in 1:48.4
  • 1916 NY Giants win 17th consecutive road game
  • 1922 US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport & not a business & thus not subject to antitrust laws
  • 1940 Adolf Kiefer swims world record 100 yards backstroke (58.8 sec)
  • 1948 47th Men's French Championships: Frank Parker beats Jaroslav Drobny (6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 8-6)
  • 1948 47th Women's French Championships: Nelly Landry beats Shirley Fry (6-2, 0-6, 6-0)

Sport awardTennis Open

1954 53rd Men's French Championships: Tony Trabert beats Art Larsen (6-4, 7-5, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • 1954 53rd Women's French Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Ginette Bucaille (6-4, 6-1)
  • 1957 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants & Dodgers about the proposed move to the west coast
  • 1965 Phillies Dick Allen hits 529' HR out of Connie Mack Stadium

Sport awardTennis Open

1965 64th Men's French Championships: Fred Stolle beats Tony Roche (3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • 1965 64th Women's French Championships: Lesley Turner Bowrey beats Margaret Smith (6-3, 6-4)
  • 1966 Carol Mann wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies Golf Invitational
  • 1968 12th European Cup: Manchester United beats Benfica 4-1 at London
  • 1971 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser wins in 3:10:11.545 (253.850 km/h)
  • 1972 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins for a record 4th time

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1977 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • 1977 Janet Guthrie becomes 1st woman to drive in Indy 500
  • 1977 Sue Press is 1st woman golfer to hit consecutive holes-in one

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1978 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1983 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1983 Yuri Dumchev of USSR throws discus a record 71.86 m
  • 1983 Indianapolis 500: Tom Sneva wins in 3:05:03.092 (260.902 km/h)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Boston Red Sox retires #9 (Ted Williams) & #4 (Joe Cronin)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1985 Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months.
  • 1985 29th European Cup: Juventus beats Liverpool 1-0 at Brussels
  • 1987 Robin Ventura set a college baseball record with hits in 57 games
  • 1988 Graeme Hick scores his 1,000th run of 1st-class cricket season

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1988 Sherri Turner wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt, 39, retires

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1990 NY Mets fire manager Davey Johnson & hire Bud Harrelson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Rickey Henderson steals record 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb's record

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1991 35th European Cup: Red Star Belgrade beats Marseille (0-0, 5-3 on penalties) at Bari
  • 1992 NY Mets score in 9th to end home shut-out streak at 3 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 White Sox Tim Raines swipes his 700th career base

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 1993 Texas Ranger Jose Canseco pitches 8th inning in 15-1 loss to Red Sox, he gives up 3 runs on 2 hits & 3 walks, he damages his arm
  • 1993 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Los Angeles Kings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins in 3:06:29.006 (255.89 kph)

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1994 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1994 Patty Sheehan wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Golf Game
  • 1996 NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • 2001 U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.
  • 2005 Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 3:10:21.0769 (253.637 km/h)
  • 2010 Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay becomes 20th pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Florida)
  • 2011 Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 2:56:11.7267 (274.015 km/h)
  • 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • 2015 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 3

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1839 Ned Gregory, cricketer (bro of Dave, father of Syd Played 1st Test)
  • 1863 Arthur Mold, English cricketer (d. 1921)
  • 1913 Tony Zale, American boxer (d. 1997)
  • 1930 Eddy Choong, Penang, Malaysia, Chinese badminton player, (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Alwin Schockemohle, horse show jumper
  • 1938 Francis Thomas (Fay) Vincent, baseball commissioner
  • 1939 Al Unser, auto racer (Indianapolis 500-1970, 71)
  • 1945 Martin Pipe, horse trainer
  • 1949 Brian Kidd, English footballer
  • 1950 Talat Ali, cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman in ten Tests 1972-80)
  • 1953 Ranji Nanan, cricketer (Trinidad off-spinner, 1 Test v Pakistan 1981)
  • 1958 Ivar Sisniega, Mexico, pentathelete (Olympic-1980)
  • 1958 Sam Clancy, WLAF defensive assistant coach (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1961 Todd Boonstra, cross country skier (Olympics-1994), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1962 Eric Davis, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Gerry Norquist, Nike golfer (1990 Boise Open-5th), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1963 Ukyo Katayama, Japanese racing driver
  • 1965 Charlie Hayes, Hattisburg MS, 3rd baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees)
  • 1965 Emilio Sanchez, Tennis player (1988 Olympic bronze), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1965 Jammo Myllys, Savonlinna FIN, hockey goalie (Team Finland, Oly-Br-98)
  • 1966 Floyd Turner, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1967 Bill Risley, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967 Karina Orum, Denmark, golfer (Scandinavian champion 1989)
  • 1967 Mike Keane, Winnipeg, NHL right wing (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1967 Ray Bernard, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1968 Brian Roche, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1968 Duane Young, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969 Toby Borland, Quitman LA, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1969 Wiltrud Probst, Nuermberg Germany, tennis star (1992 Belgian Open)
  • 1971 Eric Lucas, Quebec professional boxer
  • 1972 Bill Curley, NBA forward (Portland Trail Blazers, Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1972 David Hendrix, NFL strong safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972 Kenny McEntyre, WLAF cornerback (London Monarchs)
  • 1972 Kevin McDougal, CFL quarterback (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1973 Emma Johnson, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1973 Etdrick Bohannon, NBA forward (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1973 Jason Dawe, North York, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1973 Malcolm Allen, Wauchope NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Alpay Özalan, Turkish footballer
  • 1974 Barbara Mulej, Kranj Slovenia, tennis star (1992 Futures Germ)
  • 1974 Kenny Bynum, running back (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974 Robyn Petroskey, figure skater (1996 Midwest champ), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1974 Marc Gené, Spanish Formula One driver
  • 1975 Alexander Zhurik, hockey defenseman (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1975 Bianca Langham, Australian field hockey fullback/halfback (Olympic-96)
  • 1975 Anthony Wall, English golfer
  • 1976 Caçapa, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976 Jerry Hairston Jr., American baseball player
  • 1977 Brent Roberts, Leesville La, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1977 Massimo Ambrosini, Italian footballer
  • 1977 Antonio Lebo-Lebo, Angolan footballer
  • 1978 Sébastien Grosjean, French tennis player
  • 1979 Arne Friedrich, German football player
  • 1979 John Rheinecker, Major League Baseball player
  • 1981 Andrei Arshavin, Russian footballer
  • 1982 Matt Macri, American baseball player
  • 1984 Carmelo Anthony, American basketball player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1944 Boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson (23) weds Edna Mae Holly

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1933 Frank Sugg, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests for England 1888), dies
  • 1972 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (b. 1902)
  • 1985 39, die at Heysel Stadium in Liverpool in a riot prior to soccer match
  • 1993 Billy Conn, boxer, dies of pneumonia at 75
  • 2003 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (b. 1972)
  • 2007 Dave Balon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Luc Bourdon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1987)
  • 2009 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • 2015 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slams) dies at 89
  • 2015 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic golds 200m and 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72